It's the playfulness and sense of magic that excites me about the process of collage. Snippets of visual material, often from entirely different sources, are recycled and assembled to reveal new meaning. It is as if each page in an old book or found paper, is part of a new story, waiting to be discovered through a combination of chance and my subconscious.
I am particularly drawn to the anonymity of the found material and often use the portrait of a person as a starting point. A man or woman captured in an old photograph serves as a mirror for my own reflections. By cutting out the space within a body I am opening a kind of stage, a viewfinder, a window to reveal feelings of loss and emptiness, but also of growth and completeness.
The process of collage by Madelaine Levy
A journey into printed matter by Rebecca Baillie